27 April 2018
Issue 012
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
We Will Rock You
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Chaplain and Community
Library Learning
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
Our Boarding Life
Community News
Dates to Remember
John Paul College
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Welcome to the Principal's Voice



This week, we commemorated ANZAC Day with a whole school assembly.  It is often the tradition in schools to celebrate this day, not as a glorification of war but as a celebration of remembrance and gratitude– showing respect for and honouring those men and women who have represented Australia in many theatres of war.  Their sacrifice, and in some cases, their ultimate sacrifice, is symbolic of the freedoms we now enjoy as Australians and it is right that we, at least once a year, stop, reflect upon the ANZACS and give thanks.


It is important for our children to be educated about respect and showing appreciation, however the ANZAC legend offers more for us to celebrate.  Why do we dedicate a public holiday and a multitude of dawn services across Australia, to the memory of a military disaster at Gallipoli in 1915? Simply put, in the history of Australia, Gallipoli represents a first test in nationhood and the first test of the Australian values and ideals on the world stage.  The character of these young men representing Australia became legendary.  It is this character, informed by their example of determination, mateship, courage, endurance and irreverent humour, which has become the standard upon which many Australian actions in both war and peace have been modelled. These character traits do not just find their expression in war; for example, in the natural disasters in Queensland, we have seen many examples of ANZAC character in action.


A few years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Gallipoli. I was not there for a dawn service; it was part of my tour in Turkey and, as a student of history, I was keen to go. Although I knew that it was some sort of ‘pilgrimage’ (after all, I had taught about World War 1 for many years), I was not prepared for the emotion that I would experience as I visited the museum, stood in front of the names of fallen soldiers at Lone Pine, put my hand in the water of ANZAC Cove and peered into the remaining trenches on top of the ridge.  The ANZAC legacy is that the actions of these brave men pervades the Australian psyche and that perhaps unknown to many of us who have not yet visited Gallipoli, can move us to tears almost 100 years on. It is not just the tragedy of the loss of life, or the frustration of the poor planning by those who sent those young men to fight and die on the ridge at Gallipoli, it is also a sense that, on the other side of the world, this place is where the nation of Australia was born and that what was started here was the Australian commitment to mateship, courage, humour, and determination.


For those of you who have not yet visited Gallipoli, there is a memorial to the fallen overlooking ANZAC Cove on which is written this famous quote from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, 1934:



Those heroes that shed their blood
and lost their lives
you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
here in this country of ours.
You the mothers
who sent their sons from faraway countries,
wipe away your tears;
your sons are now lying in our bosom
and are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land they have
become our sons as well.


The generosity of spirit and the very human quality underlying these words are worthy too of celebration.


An ANZAC Day commemorative service is an important addition in a school calendar; not only does the service provide further attention to Australian history, it is a celebration of the values behind actions and standards of behaviour, and as such, the ANZAC story is a good illustration of our values. Thank you to all students and staff who represented JPC this year at services in the local area.

This week at the College

Well done to all our JTAS and TAS teams for the start of their Term 2 competition. There was some very spirited display of talent and training. Again, thank you to all staff, parent and other volunteers for your support of the sporting programme of the College.


We Will Rock You tickets go on public sale today; this promises to be a spectacular musical and students and staff have been working very hard with their rehearsals thus far.


Our Kindy construction is also going well with an expected on time opening in Term 3.


If you or anyone you know needs full-time Kindy for their children, please contact Hannah in Enrolments.

Congratulations to:

Congratulations to Chelsea Tavalea (alumnus 2014) and Tevin Smith on the birth of  their daughter, Amelia,  born on April 25. Congratulations also to very proud grandparents, Tim (Property Services) and Henrietta Tavalea.


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM



Mayfair ride bands ON SALE NOW!

It's that time of the year again and Mayfair ride bands are now on sale.


Purchase your pre-paid Mayfair ride band online here. Once purchased please print your ticket as proof of purchase. The ticket can be exchanged for your ride band from the ticket booth outside Techsphere (Markwell Car Park) from 3.00 pm on the day.


Online and Retail Centre cost: $30.00


Ride bands can be purchased online until 9.00 am, Thursday 10 May or from the Retail Centre until Thursday 10 May.


Purchased at the event: $35.00 or Individual ride tickets $5.00.


Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth outside Techsphere (Markwell Car Park) from 3.00 pm on the day of the event.

Let us promote your business!

Promote your business at Mayfair!


Are you looking to promote your business within the JPC community? Do you know of someone looking to reach a wider audience? Can you help us fundraise for the College?


Promotional opportunities via sponsorship or donation are available and will give your company:

• exposure to our JPC community with multiple avenues for promotion in the lead up to and at Mayfair, 
• circulation of your merchandise and samples


How you can help JPC:
• Become a sponsor (three levels available) - contact us for a sponsorship proposal
• Donate prizes
• Provide products for use at Mayfair
• Donate samples or small items of merchandise for the Wheelie Bin Grab (Eg. 300 pens or similar)


Feel free to suggest other ways in which you and your business can be involved.


Please contact Maree or Sue from the Marketing Department via [email protected]

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You - Tickets on sale 27 April

John Paul College is excited to present our 2018 College production, ‘We Will Rock You” (School Edition) – the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton.


Tickets go on sale: Friday, 27 April - 9.00 am


Show Dates and Times:

Friday, 27 July 2018 – 7.00 pm

Saturday, 28 July 2018 – 7.00 pm

Sunday, 29 July 2018 Matinee – 1.00 pm


Venue:  Chandler Theatre, Chandler Sports Complex, Old Cleveland Road, Chandler


Cost: Adults $40, Students*/Concessions** $25.00


To purchase your tickets please click here.


*Student/Child Ticket - Child is classified as 3yo to 17yo. Children 2yo and under, may sit on a parent's lap for free (no ticket is required).

**Concessions - Please present your Concession Card on entry. No Uni/Tafe student discounts apply.

Can you help us? We need the following...

We are looking for a few props for our Bohemian and  Killer Queen scenes.   Big hand-held fans (could be real palm fronds), milk crates (any colour) or plastic stools (any colour) would find a welcome home in the musical.  



JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

Question: Do parents have access to the Daily Notices that students receive?

Response: Absolutely, these notices appear in ENGAGE and are stored “forever” – so not only can you see today’s notices, it is also possible to check on details from previous weeks. PLEASE NOTE: the target audience for Daily Notices are our students.

How to:

1. Login to JPConnect using current credentials. http://www.jpconnect.net/

2. Access the “Engage” tab from the top menu. When using a mobile device it will be necessary to select the “hamburger”  to display the side menu.

3. Select “Notices” on the side menu.

4. By default, all student notices for the entire College are displayed for the day selected. In the example below, the header indicates “ALL OPTIONS SELECTED” for “24 APR 2018.”

5. Notices are published by a staff member – but students and parent groups can request staff to publish relevant and appropriate notices.


6. These items have a drop down arrow that enables customisation of the selection. Specific “categories” of notices can be selected under the “ALL OPTIONS SELECTED” area. Simply apply a “tick” to the specific notice categories required. For example, a view can be created for a primary school student or a secondary school student. Specific notice categories can be selected for Sports and Activities and Performing Arts.


The following is the “listing” of categories of notices. The “tick” indicates that the notice category has been selected. HINT: A quick way of getting started is to select “None” and then re-tick the categories required.

7.Notices from the “past” can be revisited by selecting the calendar date picker. In the example below, the notices from 19 FEB 2018 have been displayed.

8. A feature of our Daily Notices is the inclusion of our College Daily Prayer which includes our morning and afternoon devotions.


Each of the notices carries the notice title (Daily Prayer), its category (Spirituallity) and the staff member who has posted (Mr Stephen Ward).



Queries or Questions:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 3826 3496

Drop in: Techsphere Service Centre, Markwell Carpark (7.30 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Friday in term time)


Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School


Welcome to Week 2!


At John Paul College we place a high value on academic success. However, we also recognise that this is just one aspect of developing young men and women who will not only be successful but who will also lead significant lives.


We want our young people to be principled, responsible and considerate adults who model the character strengths that have been both proven over time and through research. These character strengths have been incorporated into our SOARING Tree as they give recognition to the importance of them. Our hope is that our students will always consider the needs of others ahead of their own and have the moral courage to stand up for what is right.


Amongst the hive of activity, classes are continuing as normal. We have a student-centred learning framework and it has been a pleasure to see our students engaged in their learning across all curriculum areas.

Chemistry Field Trip

On Friday 20 April, Year 12 Chemistry students visited The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Pharmacy located at PACE, Woolloongabba, accompanied by Chemistry teachers, Mr Avind Singh, Mr George Gallo and Mr Chris Shannon. The students listened to an informative lecture about the role of a pharmacist, the course at UQ, job opportunities, career paths and entry requirements. 


Students toured the facilities at PACE, including the student library, teaching laboratories, research laboratory, and mock pharmacy labs.  A highlight of the excursion was undertaking an experiment in one of the large (60 student) first year pharmacy laboratories.  Academics and tutors from UQ explained the use of sulphur in creams to treat various skin conditions.  Students created a sulphur cream, using various laboratory techniques demonstrated by the UQ staff.  Our students thoroughly enjoyed this experience.


The 2018 entry requirement into the UQ Pharmacy course is an OP 7 and 98% of pharmacy graduates gain employment at the end of their studies. 


The UQ Experience Pharmacy Day will be held on August 19, 2018 at PACE (20 Cornwall St, Woolloongabba).


Interested students can register for the experience day by following the link below.



Year 12 Geography students visit Numinbah Valley 

On Friday 27 April, our Year 12 geography students  spent the day exploring the Nerang River catchment from the QLD/NSW border up to Hinze Dam. They looked at the quality of the river system and the impacts of human activity on the river in different parts of the catchment. They will use this information to inform their field report, which is one of their assessments for the term.


On ANZAC Day the Marching Band, Colour Guard, Captains and Vice-Captains marched in the Logan ANZAC Day parade. It was a great opportunity for our students to be part of the celebrations and show their respect to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force for their service. At the Logan Cenotaph, the Captains laid a wreath in memory of the fallen ANZACs.



Year 10 will head to Lake Moogerah for camp on Monday 30 April and will return on Wednesday 2 May.


Year 11 travel to Noosa North Shore for their camp on Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 May.


Year 12 attend their Retreat from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 May at Alexandra Headland.


We wish students a wonderful experience and thank those involved in planning, organising and implementing these opportunities for students to undertake this type of educational activity.

Dates to Note:

Monday 30 April to Wednesday 2 May - Year 10 Camp – Lake Moogerah

Tuesday 1 May to Thursday 3 May - Year 11 Camp – Noosa North Shore

Wednesday 2 May to Friday 4 May - Year 12 Retreat – Alexandra Headland

Monday 7 May - Labour Day Public Holiday    

Friday 11 May - Mayfair (Free Dress Day)


Enjoy your week.


Mr Allan Dennis          

Head of Senior School

Modern Languages

Terms 2 and 3 see a new intern join our staff in the Modern Languages Faculty. We welcome Hiroe Kanegami, from Kyoto, into our Japanese classrooms.  Hiroe will work with Years 7-12 students to develop their pronunciation, reading and listening comprehension as well as their script writing. She will also be sharing her insights and experiences of cultural aspects of life in Japan making the study of Japanese real for our young people.


Hiroe is currently a university student and is studying to become a secondary school educator.  She is very interested in the pedagogical approaches used in Australian classrooms. Hiroe plays the trombone and piano. As a member of a brass band, Hiroe has a very strong interest in music. She is very interested in becoming involved in the music programme we have at the College.


Hiroe is enjoying the wonderful College environment and rich academic offerings here at John Paul College. She is very impressed with our state-of-the-art facilities and courteous students.  We welcome Hiroe and hope that she will be a great asset to the academic and cultural life of our young people at John Paul College.

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School

Dear Families


Earlier this week parents in Years 7 and 9 received a letter from our Dean of Studies, Ms Guerra, providing information about the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). I have included this information below and ask parents to note the dates of the tests and to contact Ms Guerra if you have any queries about the information contained in the letter. All tests will take place in the morning of their designated day and conclude prior to morning tea.

NAPLAN information letter to parents/guardians

The 2018 Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 National Literacy and Numeracy Testing will take place on Tuesday 15 May, Wednesday 16 May and Thursday 17 May.  NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skill in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals about student achievement which can be used to inform teaching and learning programs. Student results are reported to parents/carers and schools. For more information about the tests, please visit the QCAA website at www.qcaa.qld.edu.au or the NAP website at www.nap.edu.au


NAPLAN tests provide point-in-time information regarding student progress across Australia in literacy and numeracy and are intended to complement teacher judgement and the wide range of formal and informal testing programs that are already used in schools. All students in Australian schools in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to participate in NAPLAN tests, unless they are exempt or withdrawn. Students may be withdrawn from the full testing program or any specific test (e.g. Writing task only) by their parent or carer.

For some students NAPLAN is an experience that may challenge them, due to difficulties they experience in engaging with the year level curriculum or the anxiety and stress they may experience in test situations.  Withdrawal is a matter for consideration by individual parents/carers in consultation with the Dean of Studies.  Should you decide to withdraw your child, you must sign the attached Student Withdrawal form and return to the Dean of Studies by Monday 30th April


Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Should you have any queries regarding your child’s participation in the tests, you are welcome to contact Ms Guerra on 3826 3333 or via email at [email protected].

Year 8 Camp photos


Upcoming events

  • 28 April – TAS Sport v Canterbury College (Away)
  • 2 May – Year 7 Elevate Programme (Study Skills)
  • 5 May  – TAS Sport v St John’s (Home)
  • 7 May – Labour Day public holiday
  • 8 -11 May – Year 9 Camp (Tyalgum, NSW)
  • 11 May – Mayfair (Free Dress Day)


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School


As we raise young adults that will embrace the beauty and possibilities of their future, ANZAC Day is a pivotal, symbolic and purposeful moment for us to come to attention.


Making Connections to ANZAC Day...

I want to begin with a story about a young person a few decades ago that embodied much of what would seem like success, at a very early age. Fame, money, professional respect, material possessions. We would know this person as Cat Stevens. He had a sensitive side that wrestled with the bigger questions in life, songs like Peace Train, Matthew and Son. Remarkable music. On one occasion he recounts, he was swimming with a friend in Malibu and whilst reflecting on his success, he asks, “What does it really matter? What’s it all about?” This thought bubbles and he pushes it away. He is then caught in a rip and he can no longer feel the sandy floor of the ocean as he is swept out. As he starts to think this is over, he, like many of us do, cried, “God help me, I’ll dedicate my life to you. Save me.” A wave comes, Cat calls it a friendly wave, and it carries him to shore. He returns to England and he looks to politics, he looks to the established church and can’t find anything that enchants him. Nothing with the intensity to match the profound yearning he now had. Gradually he finds himself aligning with the Islamic community. The community pray five times a day, can see injustice in places like Palestine, they care about poverty, justice, learning, history, science knowledge, and suddenly he is in a community and has a purpose. 


Why did I tell this story? We have young people that have to and will ask the bigger and more profound questions in life, as we do, when we allow our self the space to challenge and be challenged by our thoughts, and judgements. The questions that embrace the spiritual yearnings we have. Why do I exist and what is my purpose? What do we say to our young people when they ask? What is my purpose in life and where is a narrative big enough for me to find my story? We all need one. There is a part in each of us that longs for meaning and community. Our ability to communicate this with each other is a part of the experience that separates us from other animals. I believe this is one of the key contributors to developing character, resilience and the human spirit.


I love the existential and humanistic thinking of Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and Holocaust survivor. He writes, “it is amazing what we can put up with if there is a purpose in the pain. If there is no purpose in the pain, even the most smallest aggregations are unbearable.”


What are we giving our young people in 2018? What is worth dying for and thus also worth living for? Every generation needs to know why it exists. Remembering the spirit and sacrifice of the ANZACs reminds us that there are yearnings for purpose and community. That our freedoms are worth fighting for, and dying for. It is one of the enduring symbols we have that gives a life-force to the spine and a sense of clarity to the eyes. We have the potential for an extraordinary life. Our challenge is to help our young learners to be integrated, to be grounded and to a sense of self based on substance.


Over the last 100 years our IQ, as a population has increased, held in tension with our knowledge that anxiety, depression, insecure attachment, consumer related disorders, body dysmorphia and others are challenging the fabric of society and leading to unhealthy and unhelpful behaviours that dissipate positive energy.


Let’s build hope and give our young people substance to their sense of self. The question of 'Who am I?' has three sub questions; What am I really like? What am I worth? What can I do? What drives the answers we find to this, are founded in the human spirit. Let’s create the space for our young people to be, and to be fulfilled.


We remember that those who serve and have served, do so and did so to create the space for you and I today, to raise future generations that will make the world a better and more peaceful place.


Justin Coulsen returns to JPC next Tuesday evening with Part 2 of our ‘Success at School Starts at Home’ sessions. Those who attended last term’s Session One, have spoken very highly about the evening and found it very rewarding. Tickets are free, however numbers are limited and filling fast. Please book through this link: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=376080& to secure your seat.


Barefoot in the Park is celebrated as part of “Under Eights Week;” a week celebrated across Queensland, which promotes the importance of the Early Childhood years and the needs of young children. Each year a broad theme provides the focus for events held during Under Eights Week and this year the theme is, ‘Children Exploring Language and Culture’.


At John Paul College, children from the Early Learning Centre to Year 2, will once again celebrate Under Eights Week at our annual ‘Barefoot in the Park,’ to be held on Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018.

This year’s theme encourages us to share and celebrate, how children show their competence and capability as they engage in learning through play-based experiences in areas such as Literacy, Numeracy, STEM, Coding, Art, Music, Language, Science, fine and gross motor development, social skills and cultural experiences.


This celebration is a significant and memorable one for your child in the Early Years and emphasises the importance of the home-school partnership.


NAPLAN: As you are aware, we have had a strong time of preparation for the yearly NAPLAN tests for Years 3 and 5. Our students are well prepared and our focus on numeracy, writing, reading and approaches to learning are already resulting in our internal data affirming our preparation. Congratulations to the students and our teachers for the energy and care that has been invested in our students demonstrating their levels of academic skill through NAPLAN.


We look forward to an amazing term of learning and growing together, in community.


Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary


From the Friends of Primary

Hello everybody,


Preparations are well underway for three big events all happening during the month of May. The first one coming up is our Mother’s Day Stall on Wednesday 9th, followed by Mayfair on Friday 11th and finally Barefoot in the Park on Wednesday 23rd. For each of these events, we need your help.


We have been receiving beautiful donations for the Mother’s Day Stall; thank you very much for your generosity and support. The children will be able to purchase gifts for $3, $5, $7 and $10, for Mums, Grandmothers and Carers. The stall will be open from 8:00am until 1:00pm at the Primary ARC.


To make this a success for the children and our fundraising efforts, we need volunteers to help us manage the stall and wrap gifts on the day. From personal experience, seeing the thought and consideration the children put into making their purchases makes this a very rewarding day. I am sure you will enjoy it!


If you think that you have an hour or so to spare, please have a look at this “Sign Up Page” www.signupschedule.com/jpcfop, and click on the Mother’s Day Stall link. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a full shift, just come for the time you are available.


For our Mayfair Baking Stall, we are lining up a wonderful list of yummy homemade treats, but we still need more bakers. We are happy for you to make your own favourite recipe or, if you prefer, we can give you suggestions of things to bake. We also need volunteers to set up, look after and pack up the stall. If you would like to help on the day, please sign up on our Volunteer Sign Up Page www.signupschedule.com/jpcfop, and click on the Mayfair Baking Stall link.


If you are feeling creative and would like to be one of our bakers, or if you have any questions,  please contact Deonie Cameron at 0413 872 560 or via email at [email protected]. If baking is not your thing, but you would like to help out, we are very happy to receive donations of sugar, condensed milk or flour, and our amazing bakers will transform them into delicious delicacies!


Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 29 May at 9:00am at the Primary Lawns. As a parent of JPC, we would love to have you involved.


Thank you so much for your support.


on behalf of Friends of Primary Committee

Mother Tongue Club


For our April Mother Tongue Club, we celebrated the Songkran Festival (Thai New Year). Our Thai students brought along friends to the gathering and shared their favourite memories of Songkran.  Jirra Warakulnukroh from 6KC also shared with the group the significance of the sand pagodas. Many curious Prep students joined in the fun of building sand pagodas and squirting water as well. After all, what’s Songkran without a little water play?  A sincere thank you is extended to Kay Warakulnukroh and Gemma Sinclair (parents of Jirra in 6KC and Nara in 4TS) for their enthusiasm in leading this celebration.

Chaplain and Community

Year 6 Retreat

Recently the Year 6 Retreat program was conducted by NET. They are a young group of Christians from around Australia and the world who give up a year of their life to travel around our country. They do this to share their lives and faith with thousands of school children. The program is known as an Encounter Day and is titled “The Unexpected.”  


At it they explore the personal journey of team members and their experience of responding to a sometimes unexpected invitation to encounter Jesus, opening opportunities for a deeper experience of God.

Team members use a variety of methods to present the message about unexpectedly encountering God and his love. Creative/relational activities, experiential learning, small group discussion, drama, personal faith sharing, music, prayer and a reflection time are all employed to bring the young people to a place where they can seriously reflect on how Jesus Christ may or may not fit into their own spiritual journey.


The Year 6 students were fantastic on the day. They joined in the games with enthusiasm, laughed loudly at the skits, asked great questions in their small groups (such as “How do I know for sure that God is there?) and listened attentively when one of the team shared their own faith journey as they came to understand the love of Christ in their lives.


Like the Year 6s, we could all do with stopping and reflecting on where faith and Christ, fit into our own spiritual journey. We all have this desire to be loved, and to love, and I believe this comes from the way God has created us. And I believe God speaks to each of us, sometimes in an unexpected way; through his Word, through our loved ones, through church, through his Holy Spirit talking to our heart and mind, through the beauty of creation and a thousand other possible ways. But one thing is clear, when we respond to him, John 1:12-13 says this,


“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.”


We all hunger for the knowledge that this life has purpose, that it has meaning, that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are valuable and that we need to be loved. The Year 6s explored these ideas at their Retreat; maybe you should too? Contact me if you would like to discuss this further.


Mr Steve Ward


Ecumenical Chaplains' Network Meeting

by Father Leo Burke

Last Friday about 30 school chaplains met at JPC for the first of our two gatherings that are held each year, the second one being held later each year at Northside Christian College at Everton Park.


The chaplains came from a dozen different Christian colleges around the area, including two who drove down from Gympie and about ten from state high schools.


We had two main lectures during the day, one by Jeff Howard, who spoke on “Time Management”. Jeff is the Regional Manager of Scripture Union. Then after a nice lunch, Dave Paroz, who is one of the Pastors at the Connect Baptist Church, led our afternoon session. He spoke very practically on the value of mentoring. Lengthy discussions followed both of these presentations.


Steve Ward was amongst three chaplains who spoke on ways of presenting chapel services. This session was labeled “Practical Ideas for Busy Chappies”. This also was followed by many suggestions from other chaplains.


The day finished by Steve and I doing a very touching closing liturgy entitled “An Ecumenical Breaking of Bread Ceremony” where we all shared in the bread that was broken, and the cup of grape juice that was offered. This was modeled on Christ’s Last Supper ceremony on Holy Thursday evening.


This is the third year that these gatherings have been arranged, and they are proving very valuable to those who are able to attend.

Parents' Prayer Group

The John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group welcomes all members of the John Paul College Community.


The Prayer Group's purpose is to honour Christ by praying for the College staff, students and families within the JPC community.


Prayer Group meets every Wednesday morning at 8.30 am in the meeting room in the Wellbeing Centre (except for every fourth Thursday of the month when it is held in the evening at 7.30 pm at Julie Gordon’s house – 64 Highview Terrace, Daisy Hill).


Co-ordinator: Julie Gordon can be contacted on 0421 809 984 or [email protected] by any parent wishing to inquire about about the John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group.

Library Learning

Learning in the Library

ANZAC Day can be a difficult concept for the Prep students to understand and war is thankfully out of their realm of experience. Literature is a wonderful way to bring students' attention to topics such as the ANZAC story.


As part of their library lesson this week, students viewed the ANZAC display in NMLC and the fiction and non-fiction books accompanying the artefacts and uniforms. Mrs Fry read the book, Anzac Biscuits by Phil Cummins, which cleverly contrasts the safe life at home on the farm in Australia and the terrible conditions of the soldiers on the battlefields of WW1. The author deals with the topic in a sensitive way and at the level of understanding of even our youngest students.


The Early Learning Centre also came for a visit and were captivated by the clever window display by Mrs Tozer, showing the soldiers on the beach and hills of Gallipoli. They also read the Anzac Biscuits text and loved the story.


There are many wonderful stories to share with your children and parents are always welcome to come to NMLC and read, or borrow extra books in the student’s name to read at home.


The Gorman Learning Centre also paid tribute to ANZAC Day and our history with a poppy-studded display and a range of fiction and non-fiction books for students to borrow. 

Amazing Acts - All With a Green Screen

Characters climbing walls or swimming through shark infested waters! All possible with the amazing technology of green screen. Year 6 are honing their video editing and creating skills as part of the Digital Technologies programme, integrated into library lessons with Mrs Duong and Mrs Angell.


Students are starting out with stick bot characters and small green screen stages but will progress to digitally enhancing their own videos using the new equipment in the green room, downstairs in NMLC. The skills they develop will certainly come in handy in Term 3 when preparing for the Exhibition.


The green room equipment is being dedicated to the memory of Stanley Sclavos and has been purchased with a grant kindly provided by his family. 

Need Help Finding a Great Book?

You stand in front of the shelves trying to find a good book. You don’t want to start something that’s boring. How to choose? Gorman Learning Centre’s latest display is here to help! A wall in the Gorman Learning Centre is dedicated to displaying short and sharp reviews of our novels accompanied by a rating out of 5 to give everyone a quick and easy way to find books that they might find appealing.


The reviews are taken from past issues of the Burgundy and Blue and the GLC Post, a fortnightly dose of fast facts, feel-good and quirky news stories, and of course book reviews, all jammed into a single page that you can read in a couple of minutes. The reviews and ratings can also be found in the JPC library catalogue. There’s no excuse for not finding a great book now!

Book of the Week

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

A little like War of the Worlds but with zombies, this is one to add to your reading list!


The sleepy community of Creek’s Cause is shattered in a single night when all adults become infected with a parasite than turns them into ferocious zombies.


Chance and his brother, Patrick, seek refuge at their local school and discover a small group of survivors. There’s one little problem. While everyone under 18 remains uninfected, Patrick’s 18th birthday is just weeks away...and experience has shown that the switch is thrown at that time. He is a ticking biological bomb.


The brothers set out on a mission to uncover the truth behind the parasite, and hopefully find a cure. What they discover is truly frightening! You can find this book at the Middle Library, NMLC.

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Deputy Principal

The College welcomes Mr Bobby Gallo back to the School of Performing Arts on 30 April 2018 and looks forward to his continued contribution to the College's Performing Arts Programme.


This week our Performing Arts students were an integral part of the ANZAC Service and Assembly held on Monday 23 April.  Jaiden Kidd on trumpet provided a moving performance of the Last Post during the service and this was followed up by performances of the New Zealand National Anthem in both Maori and English by Sophie Moman.  Olivia George led the Australian National Anthem.


Our Performing Arts Captains were presented with their badges at Assembly on Monday.  The Captains’ positions were open to Year 11 and 12 students of Premier Ensembles with consideration of a Year 10 student if there are no suitable Year 11 and 12 candidates. 


Students were required to demonstrate:

  • Clear leadership skills and qualities within the Performing Arts co-curricular programme amongst peers and staff.
  • A high level of competency in their chosen discipline.
  • An outstanding commitment to rehearsals and performances within the college.
  • An outstanding level of communication skills with peers and staff.
  • The ability to display initiative during rehearsal and performance activities.


We congratulate our 2018 Performing Arts Captains.

  • Big Band Captain - William Wallace
  • Chamber Choir Captain - Lizzie Gordon
  • Chamber Orchestra Captain - Chae Eun Oh
  • Cheer Captains - Ava Sinclair and Rachel Ward
  • Colourguard Captain - Christine Chivers
  • Concert Choir Captains - Raffan Moyle and Isabella Wilson
  • Contemporary Ensembles Captains - Rory Fleming and Olivia George
  • Dance Captains - Natalie Koch and Anjali Willett
  • Drum Major and Marching Eagles Captain - William Wallace
  • Musical Captains - Charli Garner and Ethan Rutledge
  • Sinfonia Captains - Minuka Mendis and Wendy Qin
  • Wind Orchestra Captains - Mureeda Batty and Hayley Vernon


Also at the assembly, four of our musical leads, Jai Bofinger (Gallileo), Sophie Moman (Scaramouche), Emma Cobb (Oz) and Aryan Mudaliar (Brit) provided a taste of what is to come at We Will Rock You, performing ‘Headlong’ backed by students in our musical band and directed by Mr Sharne Andrews.  


With only 91 days to go don’t forget to purchase your tickets to We Will Rock You, now on sale today!


On Monday night, six of our students performed as part of an Octet under the direction of Mr Emin Tagiev at the National Service Persons Reunion Dinner held in Old Government House.  Students entertained the arriving guests with a half hour set which included the special request of their theme song, ‘Road to Gundagai’ and this was greatly appreciated by all.  Well done to Eunji Choi, Tina Gallo, Katrina Jin, Minuka Mendis, Chae Eun Oh and Wendy Qin on their engaging performances.

Our Marching Eagles once again performed in the Logan ANZAC Parade held on Wednesday 25 April and we thank them for their enjoyable performance and wonderful representation of our College in the local community.


Upcoming Dates

Monday 30 April - Piano & Vocal Recitals

Thursday 3 May - Exit 24 Performing at RACQ Event

Friday 11 May - Mayfair

Sunday 27 May - Musical Rehearsal (Full Show Run Through)

Monday 28 May - Brass, Woodwind & Percussion Recital

Thursday 31 May - Theatresports Competition

Sunday 3 June - Musical Rehearsal (Full Show Run Through)

Thursday 14 June - Battle of the Bands

Wednesday 20 June - Performance Evening

Sun 8 – Fri 13 July - Musical Rehearsals


Please Note: 

The date for Withdrawal from Instrumental/Vocal Lessons at the end of Term 3, 2018 is July 16, 2018.  Withdrawal forms are available online via jpconnect.net or from the Performing Arts Office.


Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

Co-curricular Sport

Sporting Highlights - Senior and Primary School Sports and Activities

                                 District Cross Country

Congratulations to all primary and secondary athletes who competed at the Logan District Cross Country carnival yesterday. 


John Paul College athletes dominated, winning a number of age groups and overall Champion School. Once again, our students were wonderful ambassadors for our College.


 Over 40 John Paul College athletes will now progress on to the Metropolitan East Cross Country Championships, which will be                                                                                    held at John Paul College on Tuesday 5 June.


National Futsal

Congratulations to Year 7 student Sariah Downman who recently gained selection in the Queensland U/13 Futsal team for the FFA National Futsal Championships to be held in Sydney later this year.

Well done Sariah!



Congratulations to Year 11 student Lyla Sampson and Year 9 student Madeleine Mackenzie who competed at the equestrian day at Grace Lutheran College over the weekend.  


Lyla was extremely busy with two horses competing for the first time at elementary, on Mick, placing 2nd and 4th and then placing 4th and 5th in the novice on Fig. 


Madeleine and her horse Lucinderella placed 2nd on both her Medium tests making her reserve champion! Regional championships are just around the corner and we wish them good luck in the lead up.


Australian Age Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the following swimmers who competed at the National Age Swimming Championships.  

Kyle Niesler, Jack Dugandzic - finalist, Jade Niesler, Lucas HumeniukCharly Kuhnemann and Caio Gallo 

Further congratulations to Lucas Humeniuk who won bronze in the 400m IM, Caio Gallo who won bronze 200m Butterfly and lastly, Kyle Niesler who won silver in 200m Butterfly and bronze 200m IM.

Sporting Captains

Congratulations to the following seniors who have been appointed Trimester 2 Sports Captains.  



Captain of Rugby - Kahleb Scott

On field Captain - Soul Lima  



Captain - Hannah Le Sage

Vice-Captain - Mekeely Hamlyn 


Boys Tennis

Jay Ha 



Captain - Abby Leadbeater

Vice-Captain - Jacqueline Christofi 


Cross Country


Captain - Hannah Le Sage

Vice-Captain - Karlym Nam 


Captain - Toby Marks

Vice-Captain - Chekole Getenet


The Burgundy and Blue enjoyed a wonderful start to the 2018 Trimester 2 TAS competition. 


It was great to see our great John Paul College culture emerging from the playing fields, to the courts, barbecues and canteens run by our terrific parent groups.  


St Paul’s gave us some tough competition and our teams responded with gutsy performances. 

Improvement was displayed across all four sports. 


Rugby teams recorded four wins with our 1st XV boys going agonizingly close to defeating the 2017 TAS Premiers. There were dominant displays by Years 7, 8, 10 and the 2nd XV. 


Tennis saw wins to the Firsts, Year 10 and Year 8 teams. It was a tremendous result against a tough tennis school. 


Netball teams won five games, with the big improvers being our Year 8A girls who reversed a 60-7 loss from last year to a 36-29 win on the day. Great work girls and coach, Hayley Best!


Hockey teams showed great signs with two wins and a draw. Our young Year 6/7 team displayed grit and determination to come back from a 0-3 first half, to 2-3 second half.  


Well done to all players, keep up the good work!


Mrs Karen Graham 
Director of Sport & Activities

Our Boarding Life

Assistant Director of Boarding Blog

Boarders in the News

Congratulations to Fenton Village’s champion basketballer, Blake Jones (Calwell, ACT) on his recent success with the Australian Under 18 Basketball team at the Albert Scheitzer tournament in Mannheim, Germany.


The Australian team was placed in an extremely challenging pool alongside the host nation, Germany. The team advanced through the pool and knockout stages to reach the final against their pool rivals, Germany, going down 88-66. With Blake being the youngest member of the squad, he was extremely grateful and humble for the opportunity to play on the international stage.

Blake will get no time to rest after Germany as he prepares for the Under 18 Nationals competition in Geelong with the Queensland team.


Congratulations Blake on your achievements overseas and good luck for nationals!


Mr Tim Christie

Assistant Director of Boarding

Community News

Have Your Say on Cyberbullying

Many parents and teachers are concerned about cyberbullying. It is a serious problem that can hurt young people, families and school communities. Cyberbullying is also a complex problem that is often invisible to parents and teachers.


In February the Premier appointed a group of Queenslanders who are passionate about stopping cyberbullying of young people. The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce is chaired by well-known author and commentator, Madonna King, and includes members with knowledge and expertise in education, youth health and wellbeing, law, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, disability and families.


The Taskforce needs your help to develop a framework for Queensland to help reduce cyberbullying of young people. They want to hear from parents, carers, students, teachers and other experts in schools. In particular, the Taskforce wants to hear about your ideas to:

  • prevent or reduce cyberbullying 
  • support people affected by cyberbullying of young people.

How to have your say:

Email the Taskforce at [email protected]

Upload your ideas as a submission on the Taskforce website


Come to a public forum in 12 Queensland locations including Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton and Charleville. For information about forums visit https://qld.gov.au/cyberbullyingtaskforce


Everyone can be part of the stand against cyberbullying. Ms King and the Taskforce members look forward to hearing from you.


Hello friends


I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Peta Jordan and I am the Adopt-a-Cop at John Paul College.  The students call me ‘Officer Peta’. 


I am a Police Officer and have served at many different locations in SEQ including Gold Coast, Logan, Cannon Hill, Sunnybank, Upper Mount Gravatt and Wynnum, but my favourite place to work is Logan as I enjoy the community spirit it offers.  My role as the Adopt-a-Cop involves building relationships with the school community to encourage the students to view police as positive role models within their community.  This involves my attendance at John Paul College to present on various topics to all year levels as well as attending school events which include sports carnivals, assemblies and presentation days.  I hope to provide you with information on various topics through the Burgundy and Blue.


A bit about me personally.  I have nearly completed by studies in a Master of Business Administration.  In my spare time I enjoy exercising and hanging out with my friends, family and two dogs. 


If you see me around the school, come up and say hello.

Dates to Remember


27 April - WE WILL ROCK YOU - On sale

28 April - JTAS Term 2, Round 1

28 April - TAS Trimester 2 Round 2, JPC vs Canterbury College, Canterbury College

29 April - Boarding Community BBQ, Fenton Village

30 April - 2 May - Year 10 Camp

30 April - Prep - Year 12 Piano and Vocal Recital, Stephen Bean Theatre


1 - 2 May - Year 10 Camp - continued

1 - 3 May - Year 11 Camp

1 May - Success at School Starts at Home 2 (Years 3 to 6 Parent Event), Gorman Lecture Theatre

2 - 4 May - Year 12 Retreat

2 May - JPIC Assembly

2 May - Year 7 Elevate Programme, Wesley 1-5

2 - 3 May - Year 7 Surf Life Saving, Gorman Lecture Theatre

3 May - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

4 May - Primary Parade, ARC

5 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 2

5 May - Trimester 2 Round 3 - JPC vs St John's, John Paul College

7 May - Labour Day Public Holiday

8 - 11 May - Year 9 Camp

8 May - Year 1 Geckos Wildlife Visit, Year 1 Classrooms

8 May - Kindergarten Mothers' Day Celebrations, Kindergarten

8 May - Friends of Cricket Meeting,  Gorman Meeting Room

8 May - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Centre Room 5

9 May - Friends of Primary Mothers' Day Stall, ARC

10 May - Kindergarten Mothers' Day Celebration

11 May - Free Dress Day

11 May - Mayfair, Markwell Lawns

11 May - JPIC Expo, Markwell Lawns

11 - 12 May - Cross Country Camp

12 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 3

12 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 4 - BYE

14 May - Discover Middle School (Year 6 Parents), Drake Building

14 May - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

15 - 17 May - NAPLAN

15 May - Middle and Senior School Ski Trip Parent Meeting, Gorman Lecture Theatre

18 May - Primary Parade, ARC

18 May - Years 3 to 6 Together for Humanity Presentation, Gorman Lecture Theatre,

18 May - Assembly (Years 7 - 12)

19 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 4

19 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 5 - JPC vs St Columbans, St Columban's School

21 May - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

22 - 28 May - Primary Book Fair

23 May - Open Day

23 May - Barefoot in the Park

23 May - Year 2 Street Science Incursion

24 May - TAS Cross Country Carnival, St Paul's School

25 May - Years 9 - 12 AIME Session

25 May - JTAS Cross Country Carnival, TBA

25 May - Pentecost Service, Coleman Centre

25 May - Circuit Debating, Gorman Centre

26 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 5

26 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 6 - JPC vs WMAC, West Moreton Anglican College

27 May - Musical Rehearsals, Coleman Centre

28 May - Brass/Woodwind/Percussion Recital (Years 4-12), Stephen Bean Theatre

30 May - JPIC Assembly

31 May - Past Parent's Network - Tour and Morning Tea

31 May -Theatresports Competition


1 June - Primary Assembly, Coleman Centre

1 June - Assembly (Years 7 - 12)

1 June - Live at the Piazza, Contemporary Ensemble

2 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 6

2 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 7 - JPC vs CHAC, Cannon Hill Anglican College

3 June - Musical Rehearsals, Coleman Centre

3 June - Fair Go Touch Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

4 June - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

5 June - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

6 June - Year 5 Middle School Engagement Meetings, Wesley 11 and 12

7 June - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

9 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 7

9 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 8 - JPC vs Ormiston, John Paul College

11 - 15 June - Years 11 and 12 Exam Block

11 - 14 June - Years 7 to 10 EL Block

11 June - Year 6 Science Expo

12 June - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

14 June - Battle of the Bands

15 June - Peer Support Session, Drake Area

16 June - TAS Trimester 2 Finals

17 June - Boarding Staff vs Students Netball Game, Coleman Centre

18 June - Year 11 Physics Excursion, Dreamworld

18 - 19 June - QCS Practice, Coleman Centre and GLT

18 June - VET Diploma of Business Year 12 University Excusion

18 June - P to Year 2 Term 2 Service

18 June - Boarding End of Term Outing

18 June - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

19 - 20 June - Years 3 to 6 Athletics Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

19 and 20 June - JPIC Carnival

20 June - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre

20 June - Year 11 Retreat

21 June - Years 7 to 12 Inter House Athletics Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

22 June - Year 7 Retreat

22 June - Assembly (Years 7 - 12), Coleman Centre

22 June - Live at the Piazza

22 June - JPIC Term 2 Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre


23 June - Boarder Travel Day

25 June - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme


2 - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme1 - 14 July - Junior HAASE Space School Expedition

8 - 15 July - Intensive College Musical Rehearsals (Years 4 - 12), Coleman Centre

10 - 11 July - Days of Academic Excellence

11 - 13 July - Code Camp

15 July - Boarder Travel Day


17 July - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

17 July - Year 11 Semi Formal, Coleman Centre

2018 04 B and B April 20 JPConnect Timetable.pdf
2018 04 B and B April 27 JPConnect DNotices JMac.pdf
MayDay Stamp Fair invitation.pdf